Upcoming public meetings on proposed wake boat rules with DEC

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Upcoming public meetings on proposed wake boat rules with DEC

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 2:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for feedback on the proposed creation of a rule to regulate how wake boats are operated in public lakes and ponds in Vermont. A wake boat is a motorboat, powerboat, or speedboat that is used to create a wake for activities like wake surfing or wakeboarding.  

“The State adopted the Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules to help Vermonters and visitors use and enjoy public lakes and ponds in a reasonable manner,” said DEC Interim Commissioner John Beling. “The Rules consider the best interests of current and future generations and ensure the natural resource values of the public waters are fully protected.” 

When a use conflict arises, the public can petition the State to make a rule (https://bit.ly/lakes-ponds-rulemaking to address a conflict. On March 9, 2022, the DEC received a petition (https://bit.ly/wake-boat-petition) from the “Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes” group. The petition proposes to manage and regulate the operation of wake boats and their use in the activities of wake surfing and wakeboarding on Vermont lakes and ponds.  

“An important part of the petition review process is getting public feedback,” said Beling. “Members of the public are invited to join two public meetings to learn about the petition review process and the petition, and to submit their comments. The DEC will review and use public comments to inform the decision on whether to initiate rulemaking.” 

The first public meeting (https://bit.ly/VT-use-pw-rules-meeting) will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm on June 29, 2022 at the Richmond Free Library and online via Microsoft Teams. The second public meeting (https://bit.ly/VT-use-pw-rules-meeting-2) will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm on July 7, 2022 at the Manchester Community Library and online via Microsoft Teams.  

To learn more about the meetings and the rulemaking process, go to the rulemaking webpage (https://bit.ly/lakes-ponds-rulemaking). If Oliver Pierson is not available, contact Laura Dlugolecki at 802-490-6133 or laura.dlugolecki@vermont.gov

The Department of Environmental Conservation is responsible for protecting Vermont's natural resources and safeguarding human health for the benefit of this and future generations. Visit dec.vermont.gov and follow the Department of Environmental Conservation on Facebook and Instagram. 

6.22.2022. MONTPELIER, Vermont – Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation